- Oct. 26, 2020
-- In partnership with Maryum Islamic Center, Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA) held a socially distanced outdoor hangout for youth allowing them to reconnect in a secure manner. This event took place on Friday October 23rd at Maryum Islamic Center, and included a short halaqah
(circle), food, games, and sports. ILIA was overjoyed with the presence of 17 young leaders who attended.
Imam Mahmoud Abdel-Hady, of Maryum Islamic Center in Ellicott City and an instructor with the Islamic Leadership Institute of America gifted the youth with a brief speech pertaining to the need for spirituality in the modern day.
The gathering gave "the local youth a chance to reconnect at the new Maryum Islamic Center location that has a five acre lot, bought for the sake of giving the youth a place to be," indicated Bahaa Harraz, the president of Islamic Leadership Institute of America.
"Humans are social creatures," mentioned the founder of ILIA and Chief of Academics, Ayman Nasaar. "We live in communities, villages, towns and cities. The teen years in particular is a period of quick development and social identity formation, it is when humans explore, learn and experience social limits, behaviours and build the foundation of their adult character." He argued that not undergoing regular encounterments throughout teen years could possibly open up to both short term and long term issues relating to identity, awareness, self-confidence, and communications.
Harraz added that, "people are spending a lot of time isolated in their houses, and youth especially should be connecting so that they can stay motivated during these times." This event was vital for the younger children --elementary and middle schoolers, since they are still evolving and maturing their social skills.
"In sha Allah
we want to keep doing events like these around our community," concluded the president of ILIA.
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